11/13/07

Book Review: I Love You More


Yesterday I received a review copy of Laura Duksta's charming book I Love You More.

I like this story because it simply and sweetly relates the feeling of trying to express just how much you love someone, knowing that there are not words powerful enough to convey it.

It is the story of a mother and child walking along outside and the mother tells the child how much she loves him using beautiful imagery from nature ("mightier than the mightest wind ever blew").

But if you flip the book over and start from the other side, it is the child telling the mother all the ways he loves her, this time in exactly the metaphors a child would use ("bigger than the biggest bubble ever blown"). The two sides of the story meet in the middle.

My son (age 5) enjoyed the story and the pictures (especially the deep sea illustration), even though he normally doesn't go in for, as he calls them, "love stories". He said this was a love story but it's OK because there was a sea life page and it's about hugging your mom. (Yeah, he's sweet.) He also liked the novelty of turning it over and upside down to read the story from the other side, from the child's perspective. My 10-month old even loved it (hitting book plus giggling = literary masterpiece!).

I Love You More is really an adorable book! It's perfect for a wide age range; pre-readers will love having it read to them and early readers could practice reading it themselves. The gentle rhythm of the words makes it easy to memorize. The story is heartwarming and happy! It has really lovely, bold, colorful illustrations and is printed on nice heavy paper (very fine production values!).

It would make a delightful "lovey" Christmas present for a child in your life or as a gift for your child's teacher or school library.

For information about the author's brave story (Laura Duksta, who goes by the nickname “The Bald Chick,” lost all of her hair to Alopecia Areata at the age of 11.) use these links:
http://www.hippieandthebaldchick.com/

http://www.lauraduksta.com/
To order a copy of I Love You More, click here.

5 comments:

Mrs. Fussy Fussypants said...

Aw, that is sweet!

Oh, I bet my fellow Mr. Cousteau did love the deep-sea pictures!

Lynn said...

It sounds like a great book. I will have to check it out. thanks.

Rachel said...

Wonderful! Thanks so much! I am a big book giver, they're my favorite gift!! Thanks for the heads up about this obvious treasure.

Annie said...

I found you through your comment on Megan's blog - so glad I did. This sounds like an adorable book! My daughter and I have this conversation without a book, every night lol!

My cousin's 6 year old has just been diagnosed with alopecia so I'll be sure to check out those links. Thank you!

Andrea said...

I LOVE this book! I did a review of it as well at http://momtothefey.blogspot.com if you want to read it. :) How funny that I just finished the review this morning and got an email from you this afternoon! I wonder if I'll come across any more of these reviews.

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